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Lovettsville Co-op Attracts 450 Members

July 1, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Lovettsville Co-op Attracts 450 Members
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The Lovettsville Cooperative Market Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the co-op has recently surpassed last year’s interim target of 450 members. The co-op continues its efforts to bring a full-service, member-owned grocery store to downtown Lovettsville to serve Loudoun County as well as surrounding communities in Maryland.

Building membership continues to be a key factor as member equity is one of the main ways to finance this project. Lovettsville Cooperative Market’s next projected target is set at 600 members to successfully proceed with the subsequent phase of required financing. Community support and investment will help make the local grocery store a reality.

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Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location

July 1, 2015 Business, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location
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Shamrock Music Shoppe is celebrating its fifth year in business in July, but they’ll do so from a new location. As of July 1, the Purcellville music store and school moved just steps from their current locations on 21st Street and Main Street; Shamrock will relocate to the old Post Office building located at 160 W. Main St., across from Gruto’s Soft Serve.
Shamrock first opened its doors at 108 N 21st Street on July 18, 2010, offering music lessons, a large variety of musical instruments for purchase or lease and an abundance of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and paraphernalia (the author Jeff Kinney is the owner’s brother). To accommodate their growing student base, they opened Shamrock 2 on Main Street to add additional instruction rooms.

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Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team

June 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is seeking runners of all levels to join their Fun Run team- Running for Their Lives- now forming for the Twilight Festival 4-Miler on Saturday, June 13 in Ashburn. Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $500 in contributions in support of HSLC programs such as Foster Medical Care, Spay/Neuter, and the Loudoun Pet Pantry. The Twilight Festival 4-Miler is sponsored by Potomac River Running and includes a family friendly post-race party with moon bounce, carnival food, and beer garden. Find training schedules and register at www.humaneloudoun.org. Just click on the “Twilight 4 Miler Fun Run” tab.

They can be contacted at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

Wicked Design Creates New Websites for the Town of Round Hill and Hillsborough Vineyard

June 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Wicked Design Creates New Websites for the Town of Round Hill and Hillsborough Vineyard
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Dave Levinson of Wicked Design in Purcellville has launched two new websites, one for the Town of Round Hill and one for the Hillsborough Vineyard.

The Town of Round Hill website features more that 70 web pages, and nearly 400 documents which are available on demand. The design for the Town of Round Hill leverages a Victorian Era color palette and photos. The Hillsborough Vineyard website took a uniquely creative approach by using family created art as the background – using the color of burgundy and wheat for the color palette.

Wicked Design was founded in 2012 by Levinson. The company also provides graphic and logo design services. The design firm supports businesses organizations across Loudoun County, and the mid-Atlantic region. … Continue Reading

Celebrating 150 Years of Service

May 20, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Celebrating 150 Years of Service
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The Salvation Army of Loudoun recently held a luncheon to celebrate their history by awarding recognition plaques to some of their biggest supporters in our area.

Orbital Sciences Corporation and Raytheon were both honored for supporting the Christmas Angel Tree program over the last several years. Employees of the two corporations donated presents to 2,100 children in our area who may not have received any. Many of those who selected an “Angel” from a tree to help bought three or four presents for each of them.

Walmarts in Sterling and Leesburg were also awarded plaques for their ongoing support of the Easter Program, Red Kettle and Tools for School. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced

May 10, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced
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The Town of Leesburg has announced the nominees for the 14th annual Leesburg Business Awards.

“We received a great group of nominees this year,” said Marantha Edwards, Economic Development Director for the Town of Leesburg. “I know it’s a cliché, but being nominated by a customer or a colleague is an honor and speaks to the quality of the business. All of the nominees should be proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to announcing the awards winners next week!” … Continue Reading

Cycle Fundraiser Fights Cancer

May 6, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Cycle Fundraiser Fights Cancer
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The Anytime Fitness Purcellville family raised $6,309 to help fight cancer recently through spinning.

The gym’s members recently gathered to spin for anywhere from one to four hours each. Friends and family donated $6,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering for rare cancer research and members donated $300 to Sara Willis, a local middle schooler battling cancer. The ride was personal for many ATFP members who have lost friends and family to cancer. The club would like to thank the members for their participation and every donor who contributed funds.

Anytime Fitness Purcellville opened last summer as the first 24-hour access fitness club in Purcellville. In addition to 24/7 convenience, the club offers free group exercise classes and two sessions with a certified personal trainer.

For membership information visit www.anytimefitness.com.

Fields of Athenry’s Elaine Boland Wins Golden Plow Award

May 5, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Fields of Athenry’s Elaine Boland Wins Golden Plow Award
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A farmer on a mission to heal chronic illness with food is nationally recognized for work at NYC gala.

Elaine Boland of Fields of Athenry Farm in Purcellville, took home The Golden Plow Award at the 2015 Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ Women Who Inspire Awards Gala in April. The Golden Plow Award recognizes excellence in growing or producing from nature’s bounty and honoring a woman whose skill in farming or making artisanal products results in food that graces our plates while respecting the environment. … Continue Reading

All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless

April 1, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless
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All Points Broadband has announced it will acquire Loudoun Wireless.

“We are excited to welcome Loudoun Wireless and its customers to the All Points network,” said Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband. “This acquisition dramatically expands our service area and will give more homes and businesses in western Loudoun access to the next level of broadband service.”

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Catoctin Creek Enters California Market

March 4, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on Catoctin Creek Enters California Market
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Catoctin Creek Distillery expanded its distribution into California through JVS Imports, a wine and spirits importer and wholesaler located in South San Francisco. Initially, the Purcellville distillery will ship its award winning Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” into the California market.

“This is a watershed day for us, since California is one of the biggest and most significant markets in the U.S.,” said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. “We’ve waited quite some time before feeling like we were ready for the West Coast again. We feel JVS will be an excellent partner in distribution into the state.” … Continue Reading

B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville

February 3, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville
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The Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild is promoting an ambitious plan to link the hospitality and related services of its 41 members and partners to the many town-sponsored events in Purcellville, including the Loudoun Grown Expo, the Purcellville Music & Arts Festival, the Purcellville Wine & Food Festival and others.

Loudoun’s $1.5 billion tourism industry – which employs 16,000 people, and provides $24 million in tax revenue – is an increasingly important part of the local economy. The Bed & Breakfast Guild – which represents the majority of the B&Bs and country inns in the county, and also partners with related businesses such as farms, conference centers, wineries and the like – has been very vocal in its efforts to promote the room stays and other services available through its members and partners. Guild B&Bs and country inns, for example, have a total of over 100 guest rooms, one-half of which are located within 10 miles of downtown Purcellville. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Makers Movement

January 6, 2015 Business, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Makers Movement
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How People Who Love To Tinker, Invent And Dream Are Shaking Up Our Economic And Social Landscape

Look up his Linkedin profile and you’ll see that Loudouner Patrick Scannell describes himself as a “Maker, Technology Strategist, Product Innovator” in the Washington, DC area.

The technology and innovation part of Scannell’s Linkedin calling card certainly makes sense for the resident of county that is home to the Dulles Technology Corridor – “The Silicon Valley of the East.” It is likewise compatible with a place that has a long history of agricultural innovation, and works closely with research powerhouses such as Virginia Tech.

But, what exactly is a “maker” – the curious third leg of how Scannell describes himself on Linkedin’s professional networking website? And, what is that term’s relevance to a county so rich in history and all of the things that happened before. A county that many see as a place where one can leave the worst of the modern world behind and retreat back in time, happy to go home to that every night? … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Season of Alternative Ways To Give

December 10, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Loudoun’s Season of Alternative Ways To Give
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Loudoun Gifts for Good, formerly known as the Loudoun Alternative Gift Fair, is gearing up for another year. Loudoun Gifts for Good was founded on the premise that sometimes the most thoughtful gift you can give someone is a donation to an important charitable organization in their honor.

“During this holiday season the Gifts for Good concept is a way that one single gift can have a rippling effect across numerous human service organizations in Loudoun,” said newly elected chair of the Loudoun Human Services Network Susan Mandel Giblin. “This can make a huge difference for so many people affected by diverse issues, from domestic violence, illness and job loss, to caregiver relief, supporting people with disabilities and women’s and children’s rights and needs. There are few similar opportunities that reach as far, with one contribution, as Gifts for Good does.” … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Thank You

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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